NIH Director Francis Collins writes, “Starting now, when I consider speaking invitations, I will expect a level playing field, where scientists of all backgrounds are evaluated fairly for speaking opportunities. If that attention to inclusiveness is not evident in the agenda, I will decline to take part.”

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The announcement is largely preliminary. The formal funding opportunity announcements will be published at some date in the future, the agency said, and scientists cannot yet submit proposals to be funded

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Fears that foreign governments are tapping U.S.-funded research for valuable information have reached the nation’s largest research funder, the NIH. Last week it sent a letter to more than 10,000 research institutions, urging them to ensure that NIH grantees are properly reporting their foreign ties

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Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said the move is consistent with recommendations from the Institute of Medicine several years ago. “We have mechanisms in place to protect patients,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be treated as a special case of clinical research any longer.”

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If 7-year-old Francis Collins had his way, we might never have seen the Human Genome Project. (We’d have a pretty savvy truck driver, however)

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Scientists are split over whether limiting grant support to individuals will help young researchers or hurt collaboration

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President-elect Donald Trump’s team has asked Collins to remain in his job for an unknown period

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Director Francis Collins says the agency has changed how it conducts controversial studies, but argues the work is necessary

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